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is said to be in good spirit this is morning. agents entered the bunker using a distractive device, some sort of explosive. when it was all said and done, the boy's captor was dead and the little boy not hurt. >>> we're hearing from senator robert menendez for the first time about claims that he was with prostitutes during overseas trips. coming up, his emotional response to what he says is a false attack. >>> we've got more details this morning on just what caused the lights to go out during the super bowl. we'll go live to new orleans where some people are saying it happened twice during beyonce's rehearsal. so, were warning signs missed? but we'll begin with dramatic new details in that hostage situation in alabama. gabe gutierrez is in midland city once again this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. law enforcement official tells nbc news that the fbi somehow managed to get a secret camera inside that bunker and that's how they decided to move in. a dramatic end to a six-day standoff. in alabama monday, a federal hostage team stormed an underground bunker, where this ma
her chances of a full recovery in time for the winter games. >>> let us start this morning with the decision by the postal service to end saturday mail delivery. nbc's tom costello is in a post office in washington, d.c. good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. this was a major move that the postal service is undertaking, losing $16 billion a year as it is forced to fund future retiree medical benefits. and congress still hasn't gotten around to addressing the issue. the postal service will act on its own to save money and here's the plan. starting august 1st, the usps will stop saturday mail delivery and will however continue package delivery and we should say medical delivery, in other words, pills and that kind of thing. mail delivery to post office boxes will continue on saturday. post offices would remain open on saturday. the estimating savings here is $2 billion a year. while it's true that first class mail has fallen off a cliff as you and i and everybody else shifts to e-mail, packaged delivery is soaring for the post office, up 14% in two years, becau
. the source describes them as crude pipe bombs. one in the bunker and the other in the pipe that police used to communicate with jimmy lee dykes, who demanded two children on a school bus before killing the driver, charles poland. he wanted attention, even asking police negotiators for a tv reporter to interview him. by monday, when they saw dykes hold i holding a gun, using a secret camera they somehow had managed to sneak inside, they were ready. they swooped in, throwing a stun grenade down the bunker's hatch. the police source says dykes fired his gun once. the team returned fire, killing dykes and freeing ethan. ethan's mother said i woke up for the first time in almost a week to a beautiful sight, my sweet boy. i can't describe how incredible it is to hold him again. and today he celebrates his 6th birthday. >> he captured the hearts of all of us and we instantly fell in love with a little boy that we didn't even know his last name. >> reporter: initially planned as a prayer vigil, it turned into a celebration. >> oh, honey, we're celebrating everywhere. >> reporter: ethan is already o
balloon who remains in a hospital in luxor being treated. >> ayman mohyeldin in cairo for us. thank you. now here's matt. >>> a second blizzard to hit the heartland in about a week. the weather channel's mike seidel is in wichita, kansas. mike, deja vu all over again. >> yes, sir. the second biggest snowfall on record. now the snowiest month in 125 years but the texas panhandle was hammered yesterday, buried under a lot of snow. amarillo had 19," making it their snowiest day on record. howling wind and blinding snow are posing huge problems for motorists in the texas panhandle. several roads are impassable because of whiteout conditions. 12 to 18" of snow and drifts as high as six feet are reported. the national weather service calls the texas blizzard crippling and historic. folks in western oklahoma are bringing out their shovels and struggle with the wind. the oklahoma highway patrol is telling all nonessential personnel to stay home until tomorrow. in the nation's heartland a lot of people are saying here we go again. a second round of heavy snow in less than a week is bearing down
have a reporter in pretoria. good morning to you. what can you tell us? >> hello. rohit, can you hear me? apparently he is having trouble hearing us. he was taken into custody and in court and taken for medical examination. according to the police in pretoria, we learned there had perhaps other incidents of violence at that home and called for domestic violence. i want to bring in our nbc sports analyst. first of all, your initial reaction to this? >> utter and absolute shock. anybody who's ever met oscar pistorius just simply cannot wrap their heads around what this could possibly be. >> this sounds very dramatic, a charge of murder. it is possible this could have been an accidental shooting. what do you know about the relationship between these two? >> i don't know much about the relationship. one of the reports we're getting out of south africa now is they have gone to his house on multiple occasions for sort of arguments between these two, so i think that that sort of points in a different direction. >> you talk about the kind of guy oscar pistorius is. we had the chance to talk t
the floor before opening fire. michelle kosinski is seated right behind him and will have details for us. >>> what caused adam lanza to open up his killing spree? and new details are coming to light. >>> have you ever been busted by one of those red light cameras? >> oh, yeah. >> i'm guessing you have. >> those are for speeding. >> not the red light district, david, red light cameras. why are some lawmakers trying to get them taken down? >> i think they're wrong just for the record. >> you like the red light cameras? >> no, i think they're wrong, the cameras are wrong. >> okay. >>> of course, that bail hearing for oscar pistorius is going on in south africa right now. michelle kosinski has been inside the court all morning long. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. as we speak, up in that courtroom, oscar pistorius is inconsolable. a statement by him is now being read to the court in which he denies the allegation of murder against him in the strongest terms. a judge just decided that his case, from here on out, at least for now, will be considered premeditated murder and that
down a man who used to wear a badge. overnight, police teams scour big bear mountain, three hours outside of los angeles. this is where police discovered christopher corner's burnt out truck. the 33-year-old at the center of a massive manhunt. >> we don't know what he's going to do. we don't -- we know what he's capable of doing and we need to find him. >> reporter: heavily armed and extremely dangerous, police say corner, a former lapd officer, navy reservist and sharp shooter, has already killed three and is targeting many more. >> of course he knows what he's doing. we trained him. >> reporter: four years ago corner accused a fellow officer of kicking a suspect in the head, but it was corner who was fired for making false statements in the case. detectives say dorner is targeting officers he names in this manifesto published on-line. you will now live the life of the prey. i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm term mating yours. -- terminating yours. police say the revenge killings began sunday when monica kwan and keith lawrence were shot to death. kwan's
here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how much of a surprise this was? >> it is a surprise. i people think had fair warning. it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a long interview with a german journalist. the journalist asked the pope if he would resign. and he said something interesting. in the midst of a candle and all that stuff. he said now is not the time. it's not the time to run when you're in great risk and emergency period.
in just hours, janet shuar janet ss us. >> reporter: we were here when it happened. a horrifying crash, a car literally sheared in half. it soon became evident it was worse than that. the most serious injuries weren't the drivers in the cars, but the fans in the stands. >> and contact! >> reporter: a violent crash that started on the track and ended in the grandstand. the wreckage of a race car, large chunks of metal and a tire, flying into the air and hitting fans as high as 45 rows up. it was the final lap. drivers jockeying for a position, when a bump between cars turned terrifying. >> tony stewart is going to win the race. >> drive kyle larsen's car cut in half and tore through the fence designed to protect fans. one spectator posted this stunning video on youtube. a tire in the stands. people scrambling and waving to get help for the injured. mike wilkinson had a clear view from his seat but couldn't bear to watch. >> i was stunned. my hand was over my mouth. i -- when i saw the car fly up and hit the fence and a fireball erupt, i turned away, i didn't want to see what happened. >
-key pope. he hasn't been the media star that john paul ii used to be. he has just tidecided to stay te to his character. and made the announcement not lock like such a big deal. >> claudio lavagna in rome. we will be check iing in with y throughout the morning. and now with more here is savannah. >> thanks, matt. >>> a consultant, thank you for being with us. >> hello. >> george, it's savannah. an incredibly surprising turn of events. what is the process for replace ing a pope under these circumstances? >> savannah, let's pause on that first statement just a moment. this is a surprise in that it hasn't happened in 717 years, but it's not a surprise in that benedict xvi has, on several public occasions and in his most recent interview book said that if he ever reached the judgment in conscience, as that statement said today, that he could not give the church the service it deserves because of advancing age or ill health that he would abdicate. i think it's a great statement about the humility of joseph ratzinger, as he will become at the moment of his abdication once again. and in a str
the mayor to warn fill up on common sense, too. >> we're used to these types of storms. i also want to remind everyone to use common sense. stay off the streets of our city. >> reporter: at noon, a parking ban goes into effect in boston and the governor has order ed nonemergency state employees to work from home. those trying to get out of dodge by air may be grounded for a while as thousands of flights have been canceled throughout the region. >> we normally handle about 100,000 per day. we think there will be close to that number affected in a 24-hour period. >> reporter: not since the blizzard of '78, deadly dumping of at least three feet of snow has new england braced this hard for a storm to rival that one. >> i just felt the spirit of his taea hysteria come over me. >>> flashlights and batteries. not so much ndles. if we have widespread power outages, as we fear, the last thing official want to see is widespread fires. savannah? >> actually, ron, i'm going to take it. >>> as ron just mentioned, thousands of flights into and out of this region have been canceled. erica hill is
's what the argument was over. >> help, graham, educate us in the difference between legal procedure between south africa and the united states. so much emotion around this trial, around this case, this is a beloved figure, but he's not appealing to a jury here this would not be a jury trial. >> no, this won't be a jury trial in south africa we don't have juries. when a case initially comes before a court and goes before a magistrate, from a magistrate, it then goes to a high court and a high court depending on the severity of the case and crime, it will be before a judge who will have either one or two assistants to help decide the legitimacy of the allegations and whether or not there is guilt and in the states, where you have a jury, we do not have a jury. >> one of the big questions, of course, you know, in a high-profile case like this, and pistorius talked about it. he is not a flight risk, should be granted bail. given your experience, what is the likelihood of that happening? >> look, it's 50/50. they got the magistrate to rule u.s. a schedule 6 offense, schedule six offense
. >> all right. >> jenna elfman is with us this morning, one of the stars of the nbc show "1600 penn." there's a new episode tomorrow night, 9:30, 8:30 central. and we broadcast live. >> i'm so ready. >> this is your ski attire? >> well, yeah. that's how i roll. >> she skis that way, too. >> i have to be careful or i will be skiing on these pumps, jimmy choos, aka, skis. >> i didn't know they made skis. 1600 penn. >> you're a regular on our show. >> i did make a cameo appearance, proud moment for me. it's really cool because one of the creators and executive producers comes from the white house, john levitt was a speech writer for the president. >> our executive producer of the white house and our other executive producer who is from "everybody loves raymond." the amazing thing about our show, it's about the family, the first family. what happens when you put a normal family, like a crazy family with a 24-hour news cycle. >> right. >> and as we rogo, craziness ensues. i'm a political consultant, lawyer. i put my husband into the presidency, but now i'm also desperate to get support a
'm not used to it. in new york it's easy to walk from place to place. now we understand about what you all call the 405. what you guys call the 101. and the 10. the 10. >> all of them. they had this great snl sketch. have you guys seen this one? what's it called? californians. oh, my god. i didn't get it until i saw this skit. take a look, you guys. >> what are you doing with rosa? >> dude, i was just teaching her some english free of charge. >> she works for me. don't you get it. don't you get enough action from malibu county? >> it's okay, stewart. i was leaving, anyway. i was going to take cold water canyon and riverside drive and get on van nuys and hop on the 101 to tarzana. >> do it then. get on the 101 and skip all the exits and never come back. >> so there is no traffic on the 101? >> not what i'm talking about. get out of here. >> so get on the 405? >> get in your cav car and go, devon. >> all right. get on the 405. >> apparently you guys spend around 61 hours a year in your car. 2 1/2 days. sometimes it feels like a week to get somewhere. >> i get sort of weird road rage when i d
. a man accused of slapping a toddler for crying on an airplane. the boy's mother claims the man even used a racial slur. and he is out of a job "today," monday, february 18th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm carl quintanilla in for matt this morning. mindy mccready had been trying to get her career and her life back on track, but the mother of two was tormented with her problems by substance abuse and the recent death of her boyfriend. we'll look at the latest in a moment. >>> i'll take a turn and ask the question, what happens to all that lost luggage at the airport? take a look at this jewelry, high-end fashions. this is the lost and found for luggage that never gets claimed and you won't believe what it is selling for now. >>> then a lot of dads have wondered, but this dad actually tried to find out what it's like to be pregnant. he wore a pregnancy suit in an experiment that lasted nine w
, president obama uses his state of the union address to urge lawmakers to take up his plan to curb gun violence. >> gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. >> as house speaker john boehner explains in an exclusive interview why he feels the president doesn't have the guts to stand up to his own party. >>> and rough landing. a small plane carrying a family, including a 7-month-old baby, crash lands in a field of snow and it's caught on camera. and, incredibly, everyone escaped without serious injury, "today," wednesday, february 13th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to a special edition of "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie in washington, d.c. we will, of course, matt, have complete coverage of the president's state of the union address and the republican response in a moment. but first i know that scene in big bear lake, california, remains very active this morning, matt.
-base. >> reporter: the economy, invoking a phrase he used a lot in 2012, the middle class. >> a growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs, that must be the north star that guides our efforts. >> reporter: and taking a page from the last democratic president, bill clinton, by offering a laundry list of poll tested ideas. >> i'm announcing a launch of three more of these manufacturing house, and raise the minimum wage to $9. make high-quality preschool available to every single child in america. a new college score card that parents and students can use. i propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an energy security crisis. >> reporter: mr. obama adopted a tough tone throughout his address. >> let's set party interests aside and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. let's do it without the brinkmanship that scares off investors and stresses consumers. >> reporter: the night's emotional moment, the president's call for congress to at least vote on serious gun control, invoking the memory of gun victims like
can, but the leadership, oh, my gosh, like, they'll tell us one thing, you know, for example, you know, a tugboat was supposed to come once that first evening. well, we sat on the water for two days with nothing and, you know, the seas were really high. in fact, that night my friends and i we slept in our lifeboats in our bed and i truly, truly, truly thought the boat was going to tip over because it slants at, like, a 45-degree angle one day, and then the next day it's to the other side. and, like, i don't know, pipes are busting. i know the sewer is backing up and, like, water is in the cabins and it's just a nightmare. >> it sounds absolutely horrendous. did i hear you correctly a few moments ago, there are no working toilets or there's just lit -- >> there's -- there's very limited. for example, ours worked one day for one hour. but then it has not worked since then. so, basically we've had an hour of it working. i mean, we have to use the bathroom in these bags in the trash can, you know, like, the vanity trash can and then we have to take it into the hall and put it in these bigg
. >> we'll be live in new orleans. and the ravens head coach john harbaugh, will be here to join us to tell us what it was like to beat his brother's team in the biggest game of both of their lives. >>> we'll be talking about those commercials, some of them popular, some of them not so much. >> we'll tell you which are some of the viewers' favorites. >>> $40 million gas platform sinking into the sea. the crew was forced to hang on for dear life. we'll have the story behind that accident. >> and on a much lighter note, we're starting our year-long countdown to the olympic winter games in sochi, russia. take a look the what is going on out on the plaza this morning. this is freestyle skiing, practicing their moves on trampolines. >>> jenna wolfe is in new orleans for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. what a game last night, complete tale of two halves. the guys in back of me were die-hard ravens fans. they couldn't stop screaming the whole first half. the guys in front of me, die-hard 49er fans. they couldn't stop screaming the whole sec
part of the country this morning. weather channel mike seidel is in kansas city, missouri, for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. a whiteout here in kansas city, snowing two inches an hour with winds gusting 30 miles an hour. this is a big storm. it will likely be their biggest snowfall in about 20 years. meanwhile, this part of the country is in a terrible drought, so the farmers are happy to see anything, snow or rain, falling from the sky. this may be coming soon to a sidewalk near you. just like this trusty mailman in michigan, millions of americans are already being challenged by a fierce winter storm. in kansas, they are bracing for up to 18 inches of snow in some parts. police in wichita are telli ini folks to stay home. >> we are asking people to stay off the roadways just because of the conditions that are deteriorating. >> reporter: the latest big blast of winter is predicted to hit 18 states, affecting at least 30 million people. all from a storm that hit california and the west coast and is now moving across the country. in tulsa, oklahoma, reduced visibi
are with us, some of the new breeds you will see this year at the westminster dog show. >>> good morning. second look. new video emerges of the former las vegas police officer suspected of going on a killing spree as police officials roux he op reopen the case that got him kicked off the alert. >> it's from the morning after dorner's alleged killing appears to show him moving items to two trash dumpsters. the sources said they were an ammunition, a gun belt an lapd uniform and a helmet. an auto store manager took them to a police station across the street. >> it was sitting up top. >> the life of monica quan. >> one of the first victims honored before cal state women's basketball game. monica quan was the daughter of a retired lapd captain. transportation security has joined him asking pilots and airports to look ut o for him because he may have had navy flight training. they are determined to capture him before he can kill again. we are going to find him. make no mistake. the search for dorner continues. more than 50 families named remain under police protection. lester? >> john yang, t
will join us live to talk about that. >>> and then why is al weathering the elements in this new psa? he will explain. >>> nuclear test overnight from a defiant north korea. nbc's jim miklaszewski is at the pentagon this morning. mick, what can you tell us? >> nobody was surprised by the test itself. they knew it was coming. no one knew the exact timing. this one, in fact, has set off alarm bells. early readings are that this nuclear device that was tested may be three to six times more powerful than any previous nuclear test by the north koreans. the north koreans also claim that they did it with a much smaller device, perhaps meaning that they have made progress in miniaturizing nuclear weapons that could be put on the top of ballistic missiles that could ultimately threaten the united states. nobody is confirming that yet but it's got everybody's attention. now today's test drew a rapid and strong response from the white house. the president condemned the blast, saying it threatens u.s. security and that the danger posed by north korea's threatening activities warrants further, swift
. >>> and lance armstrong facing a new legal challenge this morning, as well. this one comes from the u.s. government, and it could cost him millions of dollars. we'll explain more about that coming up in a few minutes. >>> plus, if you're a parent, it's likely happened to you. your kids whining and crying about not wanting to go to bed. >> never, never, sawyer. >> one little boy in massachusetts took it a step further. he called 911. mom and dad, i'll show you. coming up, the tale of the tape and what mom had to say. >> that's a good one. >>> you may have tried karaoke singing. we've all had those nights in a bar, at home. chances are, you have never done it inside a taxi. we'll show you, introduce you to the karaoke cab, which has become a big hit. you see why. ♪ >> nice. jenna rocking it out. we'll even give it a whirl ourselves on the plaza. you may want to turn the sound down for that part. >> it's hard to top the rehearsal at 6:00 in the morning on the cold plaza, trying tojio drink. >> there was water. >> you know what i meant. >> coffee -- >> karaoke. >>> we do begin with the wi
the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosing his successor. >> i think there's a yearning out there for something different. somebody new somebody fresh
forward to seeing. take a look. >> i want to see al roker. i used to watch him like every day before school. >> of all the people you could possibly see, al roker? >> it means something to me personally. >> what does he mean to you other than what's happening in your neck of the woods? >> actors are great but i love al roker. >> every morning he's happy. >> i can be al. here jennifer is what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> hey! okay. >> not bad, mr. roker. >> no. >> well, you know, i got to meet her and interview her for the golden globes, you know, last year. or earlier this year. very sweet -- >> never gotten over that. >> she had the flu so i think she's delirious. >> did you get to see her again last night? >> i did get to talk to her gep on the red carpet. very sweet young lady, but it explains why she tripped on the stars. >> seriously. >> favorite with hollywood it girls everywhere. we'll have more on the oscars. >>> but we're following breaking news coming out of the vatican this morning, include iing some rules from pope benedict that change how they pick his repla
challenge, this one from the u.s. government and it could cost him millions of dollars. more about that, coming up in a few moments. >>> if you are a parent, likely it's happened. your parents whining and crying about not wanting to go to bed. >> never. never, sawyer. >> one little boy in massachusetts took it a step further. called 911. mom and dad, i'll show you. a tale of the tape and what his mom had to say about it, coming up. >> that is a good one. may have tried karoke singing, chances are, you have never done it inside a taxi. we'll show you -- introduce you to the karoke cab. a big hit. you can see why. jena rocking it out. and we'll give it a whirl on the plaza. may want to turn down the sound for that part. >> hard to top the rehearsal, 6:00 out on the cold plaza. >> out there in the rain. >> with nothing to drink. >> maybe we will be warmed up in the next couple of hours. >> no water? >> you know what i meant. karoke. >>> we begin with wintry weather hitting coast to coast. dylan is tracking the storm. keeping you busy. >> for sure. we have a lot of wet weather to talk about
're actually using it. a self-proclaimed thief explains how he targets his unsuspecting victims. this will be useful information this morning. >>> and then yahoo! ceo marissa mayor is here with us, her first exclusive interview after returning to work after having a baby. she'll talk about that and a big announcement to make about yahoo! as well. we'll check in with her in a few moments. let us start with what has been a dramatic morning in court at the oscar pistorius' bail hearing. nbc's michele kosinski just left the courtroom. good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, savannah. it's ended and will continue. today we heard debate over whether or not steroids were found in pistorius' home, still unclear, and statements from neighbors who claim they heard fighting, gunshots, screaming, more gunshots as prosecutors punch what they believe are big holes in pistorius' story. >>> oscar pistorius coffers his face in public now, arriving for a second day of his bond hearing. today, comes stunning detail, the chief police investigator says they have witness statements from a woman who say
in cairo for us this morning. thank you. now here's matt. >>> a huge winter storm is battering the heartland this morning. it's the second blizzard to hit that region in about a week. the weather channel's mike seidel is in wichita, kansas. mike, deja vu all over again. >> reporter: yes, they're digging out from another one today. luckily, the sun is out this morning. here in wichita, you combine both storms, they've now had their snowiest month on record. they've been measuring snow here for 125 years. hit the hardest. in amarillo, they picked up 19 inches yesterday. that makes it their snowiest day on record. howling wind and blinding snow are posing huge problems for motorists in the texas panhandle. several roads are impassable because of whiteout conditions. 12 to 18 inches of snow and drifts as high as six feet are reported. the national weather service calls the texas blizzard crippling and historic. folks in western oklahoma are bringing out their shovels and struggling with the wind. the oklahoma highway patrol is telling all nonessential personnel to stay home until t
loved by us. >> good morning from peter's square, pierre. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning. this square erupted with cheers as the pope moved through the crowd. this city of history witnessed something it hasn't seen since 600 years, a pope leaving the papacy. to love the church means to have the courage to make painful, difficult decisions the pope said. i would like to thank everyone for understanding. ♪ 50,000 faithful were invited, thousands more came to celebrate a pope, arriving in his pope mobile. many young people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's las
with a local news update. >> join us at 9:00 for a full hour of news. right now, we take you live to the northeast, times square, where they are dealing with that massive blizzard. we're going to the "today" show. they'll have more coverage on this. >>> good morning. the blizzard of 2013. an enormous winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions sweeps over the northeast. the storm dropping more than 2.5 feet of snow in some areas and leaving more than a half a million customers without power. up to 100 cars stranded on the long island expressway overnight. we're live in the hardest hit areas. >>> where is he? the massive manhunt for a former los angeles police officer suspected in three murders intensifies. this morning the latest on the investigation. we'll talk to his former boss about a very ominous delivery. >>> and she's back. the teenager who got a harsh sentence after mouthing off to a judge appears before him in court once again. >> i apologize not only to the court and you but to my family. >> but are her contrite words enough to set her free? we've
the storm is giving snowplows, snowblowers, and shovels and the people using them a run for their money. also adding to the wintry mess on the ground there's hurricane-force winds in areas creating dangerous blizzard conditions. out on long island, up to 100 cars stuck for hours. normally a busy expressway. and if we want -- we want to talk about the size of the storm. look at this. it really gives you a sense as it spreads across the region. seen from space here, making its way all the way up the east coast. you can make out of the eastern edge of the united states is the tip of florida. >> a massive one. we have coverage across the northeast. reporters standing by in boston and hartford. we'll check in with them in a minute. first in central park, this belies the storm. this is the beauty of the storm. it will bring out folks to bring kids and dogs to play in the snow. midtown manhattan behind me. the city of manhattan is -- is virtually fine. the roads are fairly clear. they've done a good job on getting the roads open. you can get around. and fortunately, of course, this is not a wo
. the first officer forced to take control. >>> and the superstar and the super bowl, beyonce uses her singing voice to silence some of her critics. ♪ and the rockets red glare >> vowing to sing live on sunday as america gets set for its big game. >> and we're getting set with al in san francisco and natalie live in baltimore "today," friday, february 1st, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. you did not have to grow up in new york city to know the name ed koch, who served as mayor for three terms from 1978 to 1989 and used his sometimes combative style to help rescue the city from near financial ruin. >> i did grow up around here. he was a force. when you would come across a voter, he would always say, how am i doing? am i doing okay? he died overnight at new york presbyterian hospital here in the city where he made his mark with a larger than life personality. here is nbc's ro
for us this morning. good morning. >> lester, good morning. we were here when this happened. all eyes on the track. it was a horrifying crash. a car sheered in half. the injured weren't the drivers in the car but the fans in the stands. >> contact. >> a violent crash that started on the crash and ended in the grandstand. the wreckage of a race car. large chunks of metal and a tire flying into the air and hitting fans as high as 45 rows up. it was the final lap. drivers were jockeying for position when a bump between cars turned terrifying. >> tony stewart is going to win this race. >> it was kyle larsen's car sheered in half and tore through the fence designed to protect fans. the engine burst into flames, as other debris went sailing into the stands. a tire in the stands. people scrambling and waving to get help for the injured. mike wilkinson had a clear view from his seat but couldn't bear to match. >> i was stunned. i saw the car fly up and hit the fans, a fireball erupted. i turned away. i didn't want to see what happened. >> a scene of complete chaos. more than 30 hurt. 14 taken
. >> forecasters warning us this storm would be a powerhouse. right on target. not very far from studio 1a, a look at times square. crews hard at work cleaning up the snow, and also new jersey, strong winds and surf on the jersey shore. i have to point out, lester, when we first came in and you saw the shot of rockefeller plaza and you didn't see snow, that is because they have been up since the wee hours clearing the white stuff it looks like there was no storm outside studstud studda studio 1a. >> one person reported dead after a traffic in upstate new york. the snowfall totals across the northeast are substantial. in parts of connecticut, nearly 3 feet has fallen. boston and portland, maine, reported snowfalls of up to 25 inches. here in new york city, up to about a foot of snow. power has been knocked out to nearly 650,000 customers, most of them in massachusetts and rhode island, and more than 1,800 flights canceled so far, that on top of the 3,600 that never took off on friday in advance of the pieces of storm, erica. >> you can understand why this storm is giving snow plows, snow blowers an
to you. you guys got to get sleep. we stayed up all night, at least one of us did. >> that's right. we wanted to bring you everything you needed to know. all the fashions, the hits, the misses and we're going to take you to the hottest parties after the oscars. it was a great night. we had a lot of fun. >> as you mentioned it started with the 17-minute mon low log and music and dancing and, of course, the awards. >>> and the oscar goes to -- argo. >> in a surprise appearance from the white house, first lady michelle obama announced the winner for best picture. ben affleck, not nominated for best director, expressed his gratitude for this win. >> it doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, because that's going to happen, all that matters is you to get up. i love you. >> in the best actress category, a bit of a stumble. >> you guys are standing up because you feel bad that i fell. that's really embarrassing. thank you. >> reporter: jennifer lawrence winning for her role in "silver linings playbook," later celebrating with her family at the governor's ball. >> and the oscar goes t
. vice president joe biden says that the u.s. is ready to hold talks, but only if tehran is serious. biden says there is type for diplomacy to succeed, but it needs to and the iran built a new fighter jet which it claims can evade radar. there is a growing self-reliance in military technology. >>> in this country, another online hacker attack. twitter says it quickly shut down at least one attempt to gain access to user data, but hackers may have collected information on 250,000 of more than 200 million active users, including user names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords it reset passwords and sent them e-mails telling them to create a new one and encourages users to change passwords regardless of their account is compromised. >>> the scottish terrier affectionately known as barney, george bush's beloved dog has died at the age of 12. the statement on president bush's facebook page. barney never discussed politics and was a faithful friend. >>> and the usda is proposing a new set of rules which would ban candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy food sold on school campus
already. he'll tell us all about it later on. >> he looks really good. you look good in that suit, really. >>> we'll begin, of course, with that breaking news, the tragic loss in the world of country music. troubled star mindy mccready has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. andrea canning, you spoke with the star just a few week ago. >> so sad and so bizarre we were just there. i texted her a couple of nights ago asking her how she was and how sorry i was and i never heard back. now it appears she was battling those demons, those personal demons sthee had for so long. sunday night neighbors her two gun shots. she is said to have shot her dog and herself in a place that had great meaning for the singer. >> i just keep telling myself the more suffering i go through, the greater character i'll have. >> reporter: in her final interview last month before reportedly taking her own life, country singer mindy mccready sounded hopeful, but things apparently became too much to bear. >> i don't know why he did what he did. he's gone. i cannot get him back. >> reporter: dan hanks, los angeles-ba
we're going to be back in 25 minutes with a local news update. >> and join us at 9:00 for a full hour of news. right now, we want to go live to punxsutawney, pennsylvania, to see if punxsutawney phil is going to show his face any time soon. we're expecting that in about 20 minutes. >> it is ground hog . >>> good morning. when will it end? a tense standoff in alabama enters its fifth day as a 5-year-old boy remains held in an underground bunker. this morning, we're getting our first look at the man accused of holding him hostage. >>> too sex? critics taking aim at the commercial that features a sultry kate upton at a car wash. does it go too far? the supermodel talks to us live. >>> and countdown to the super bowl. the good times are rolling in new orleans already. the food, the alcohol, the celebrities, we're right there in the middle of it all. today, suddaturday, february 2, in the middle of it all. today, suddaturday, february 2, 2013. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today," on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> i'm erica hill. happy groundho
kate upton at a car wash. does it go too far? the supermodel talks to us live. >>> and countdown to the super bowl. the good times are rolling in new orleans already. the food, the alcohol, the celebrities, we're right there in the middle of it all. today, suddaturday, february 2, in the middle of it all. today, suddaturday, february 2, 2013. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today," on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> i'm erica hill. happy groundhog day. does it feel like we've been here before, once or twice? a live picture from punxsutawney, pennsylvania, where, of course, the most famous resident is punxsutawney phil. later we will find out whether he is predicting six more weeks of winter or perhaps an early spring. there are people in both camps. keep your fingers crossed for whichever one you're hoping for. >> i wouldn't pack away the longjohns yet. not a weather guy, but that's my thought. >>> and regardless of the season, there's always a party in new orleans. super bowl weekend is no exception. jenna wolf is down there. what's going on
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